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Virtual reality hangout AltspaceVR will close in August

AltspaceVR, the social app that's sort of like <i>Second Life</i> for the Gear VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, "can't afford to keep the virtual lights on" anymore. The company has announced that it's closing down the application on August 3rd, 10 PM Eastern, due to unforeseen financial difficulties. While …

Virtual Reality

Hulu is the new home of old TGIF sitcoms

Hulu's collection of classic sitcoms already includes <i>Seinfeld</i> and <i>The Golden</i> Girls. Now, its library is getting even bigger with the addition of several shows from ABC's TGIF comedy line-up. The likes of <i>Perfect Strangers</i>, <i>Full House</i>, and <i>Family Matters</i> were Friday night staples for viewers across …

Netflix

BBC Three to stream six weeks of Gfinity esports coverage

A couple of years ago, the BBC decided to stream the League of Legends World Championship quarterfinals in London. The live, online-only coverage was clearly an experiment designed to test the appetite of viewers and the feasibility of regular broadcasts. Now, the BBC is back with a weekly schedule …

Television (UK)

Sony raising the price of PlayStation Plus in Europe

Do you enjoy firing up your PS4, playing a few online matches and maybe checking out what free games and discounts are up for grabs? Well, we hope you <i>really</i> enjoy doing all that, because you're about to pay that bit more for the privilege. Sony has today been sending out emails to PlayStation Plus …

Europe

Nintendo's 2DS XL lands in the UK for £130

There's nothing like a summer holiday spent chilling in an air-conditioned hotel room playing computer games. And if you're looking for something portable enough to chuck in your hand luggage, Nintendo's new 2DS XL might be just the ticket. Launching today in the UK, the £130 handheld ditches the …

Nintendo Switch

The Morning After: Friday, July 28th 2017

Hey, good morning! Your Friday has landed. Yesterday, the iPod series was squeezed to one model, we welcome Doomfist in <i>Overwatch</i> and we might have just met the king of Chromebooks.<p>And then there was one.<br>Apple drops the iPod nano and shuffle<p>Apple has quietly discontinued the iPod nano and iPod …

iPod Nano

SpaceX schedules Falcon Heavy's maiden launch for November

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has revealed that the company is sending its heavy lift rocket to space for the first time in November. The company was originally gunning for a summer launch, but in June, the CEO told a Twitter follower that Falcon Heavy's cores will take two to three months to reach Cape …

SpaceX

Culinary co-op 'Overcooked' arrives on Nintendo Switch

<i>Overcooked</i>, the game from publisher Team17 and developer Ghost Town Games that has players chaotically cooking recipes and serving dishes is now available for Nintendo Switch. The game has been well received with nominations for multiple Independent Games Festival awards earlier this year and two …

Nintendo Switch

Bipartisan Senate legislation would modernize digital privacy

A group of senators introduced two bills today to modernize digital privacy. The current federal statutes derive from the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (ECPA), which was passed in 1986. One of their big motions extended phone wiretap laws to include communications between computers -- but a …

Surveillance

Sling’s video production device can use DJI drones for footage

Earlier this year, Sling released its multi-camera video production device SlingStudio that made it a heck of alot easier to juggle multiple feeds for live or edited video. Today the company announced that the platform will now be compatible with DJI drone systems, including models from the …

Drones

This is how Doomfist invades 'Overwatch'

Doomfist is here. <i>Overwatch</i>'s 25th character went live across PC and consoles today, finally making the game's most famed, punch-drunk villain playable for everyone. Doomfist is a damage-dealing offense character with a transhumanist twist: He has a cybernetic arm that deals incredible punching …

Overwatch

‘Modern Warfare Remastered’ hits Xbox and PC as a standalone title

It's no secret that including the remastered version of the first <i>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare</i> helped sell copies of the latest in the series, <i>Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare</i>. Unfortunately, you could only get the revival in an $80 bundle with the new game -- until Activision bowed to demand and …

Call of Duty

Sling TV adds pay-per-view events starting with UFC 214

SlingTV is taking another step toward replicating the traditional pay-TV experience: Offering pay-per-view events. If you're impatient, know that it starts this weekend with UFC 214, so you won't have too long to wait before testing it out for yourself.<p>"Although we haven't announced specific plans …

Televisions

Asus Chromebook Flip C302 | Review

Amazon touts Prime Day results despite slumping profits

This year's Prime Day was Amazon's third and largest to date, according the company's earnings report released on Thursday. The company claims that it was the "the biggest global shopping event ever for Amazon" and that it set an internal record for single-day Prime signups. All told, the sale …

Amazon

Jump between a dream and reality in Major Lazer's new music video

Major Lazer's latest EP, <i>Know No Better</i>, came out last month, surprising fans two years after the electronic hip-hop group's previous LP, <i>Peace is the Mission</i>. The original music video for the track — which features Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo on vocals — has a video game-style first …

Music

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<i>This post was done in partnership with</i> The Wirecutter<i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy</i> The Wirecutter<i>'s independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here.</i><p>You may …

Shopping

Nuviz Motorcycle HUD | Hands-On

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 review: King of the Chromebooks

It's been years in the making, but Chromebooks are escaping "second computer" or "cheap netbook" status. Google thinks these machines can be your main computing device, and they're finally getting better build quality, nicer screens and quality keyboards. But they're also getting higher …

Laptops

US self-driving car bill heads to the House floor

Last month, a Senate committee created a proposal to allow autonomous vehicles onto the roads under specific safety and "tech neutral" requirements. Now that the bill has hit House of Representatives, the bipartisan Energy and Commerce Committee voted to send it along to the full chamber. The …

Transportation

Flash was useful, but developers are glad it’s on the death march

Earlier this week, Adobe announced it would cease support and development of Flash at the end of 2020, a decision that had many people saying, "Finally." The "Flash is dead" rhetoric has been around for years, and people like Facebook's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, have called for Adobe to …

Software

Twitter loses over a million US followers in 3 months | Engadget Today

Motorcycle helmets finally get decent heads-up display navigation

I'm a huge proponent of reducing any and all distractions while riding a motorcycle, scooter, or moped. Helmets and padded gear are great, but when you get down to it, riders are still just squishy people zipping through traffic next to giant machines that could kill you if a driver sneezes or …

Gear & Gadgets

Scientists can turn crystals into reusable electrical conductors

For some time, scientists have been experimenting with crystals to see if they can become a new kind of memory storage. Now, scientists at Washington State University have figured how to make a transparent crystal conduct electricity. What's more, it can be reconfigured and reused multiple …

Chemistry

Apple trims its iPod lineup to one lonely model

The iPod is clearly an endangered species after 15 years. Apple has quietly discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, yanking their product pages from its website. Both MP3 players are hanging around retail stores, but not for long -- if you're feeling nostalgic, you'd better plan a shopping …

iPod Touch

Fitbit makes Cortana your new workout partner

Fitbit might have had a few issues (okay, <i>many</i> issues) developing their long-expected smartwatch, but they have some good news today if you use Windows. You can now use the Fitbit skill with Cortana, Windows' virtual personal assistant. Microsoft introduced the Cortana Skills Kit earlier this year, …

Microsoft

Fender's Mustang GT amps pack an overkill of digital options

Playing the electric guitar in a cover band can be complex. You need to be able to sound like a wide range of different guitar players, each with their own distinct sound -- much of which is based on their unique amplifier and effects profile. The Fender Mustang GT series of amplifiers, consisting …

Guitar

Gucci's latest fashion is a retro sci-fi mashup

While some designers look to the future of fashion and tech, Gucci is going back to what 1960s and '70s Hollywood thought the future <i>would</i> be. For its Gucci and Beyond Winter Instagram campaign, the fashion house showed off some colorful, kaleidoscopic fashions on a <i>Star Trek</i> bridge and transporter …

Fashion

Just Eat is trialling restaurant deliveries like Deliveroo

For the longest time, all takeaway sites were the same. You searched by post code or cuisine type and then browsed the businesses listed in your local area. Then Deliveroo came along with its army of couriers and the promise of big-name restaurant food, like Byron, PizzaExpress and Strada. A wave …

Logistics

Google and MLB team up for behind-the-scenes Daydream VR videos

Sports teams are no stranger to VR; after all, the NFL partnered with Google Daydream to produce an exclusive series called <i>All or Nothing</i> last year. Major League Baseball has also collaborated with Google Daydream on a video game and the MLB.com At Bat app. Now, they've announced their latest …

Baseball